How Not to Get Ahead of Yourself When You’re Writing – Guest Post by Traci Kenworth at TRSA

Reblogged from The Story Reading Ape:

When we get a new idea, it feels like the whole world opens for us, and we can do anything. Some newer writers spring into the writing before they’re ready. It takes time to get that story down. And work. Yes, it starts with an idea but there’s work to dig into from that starting point. First, you want to let that idea simmer. It needs time to spark and give you more to layer on that story. Or, of course, non-fiction if you’re creating that. The concept is the same: you start with a nugget of info. Next, you have to learn to follow the trail.

To build a story:

  1. Write the scrap down.
  2. Let it simmer.
  3. Start with the character or setting. Should you build your world, then your character? That view varies. If you start with character, you could always decide what kind of world would they live in? If you start with setting, imagine who would inhabit that habitant?
  4. Examine the plot. Given these circumstances, does it seem plausible? If not, rework the circumstances till you get it where you need to.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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5 Responses to How Not to Get Ahead of Yourself When You’re Writing – Guest Post by Traci Kenworth at TRSA

  1. Many thanks for sharing, Sue 🤗❤️🤗


  2. When I started writing, I did not realize that I would basically not leave my office for the next 9 months, then I would take a few weeks off, go back and edit, then a few more weeks, go back and edit again. The thing that new writers don’t realize is that writing a book is going to take a year out of your life. A year and possibly more, depending on how much editing you need to do. That’s also why I have not been eager to do it again.


    • Sue Vincent says:

      I can be done in less linear time…but only if you are prepared to work at it obsessively, day and night. You still have to put the same amount of work in…and then perhaps pay for editing and proofing services, which most writers cannot do.


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